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How Does SEER Rating Affect My Air Conditioner?

If you’re needing air conditioner installation in West Columbia, you should also be investigating your new air conditioner’s SEER rating.

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a nutshell, it looks at how effective your air conditioner is at changing electricity into chilled air. A greater number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your electrical costs.

However, there are lots of different models to choose from for air conditioners. And a higher SEER number usually involves a higher price tag. So, how do you know which one is best for your home?

At Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc., we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can schedule one by contacting us at 803-265-4208. Our skilled air conditioner installers will collaborate with you to help you pick the right air conditioner for your budget. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how it can influence your home’s comfort. And your electric costs.

How Does SEER Rating Affect My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER criteria. New air conditioners must be at least 13 SEER in the northern United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re not sure when you had your air conditioner installed or what its SEER number is, you can find the sticker on the unit outside your home. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 803-265-4208 for support.

If your air conditioner was installed before that year, it’s probably much less efficient. Cooling technology has quickly advanced in the past several years, with big developments in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on electric bills, because the thermostat can automatically regulate your temperature settings when you’re gone.

If your present air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, installing a 14-SEER system could save you around 30–50% on annual electrical costs. Your savings are tied to your air conditioner size and your temperature settings.

Is It Better to Invest in a High SEER Rating?

An air conditioner with a greater SEER rating will be more efficient at using electricity for cooling. The highest efficiency systems, which can go as high as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® designation. This designation signifies the air conditioner has achieved EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often more expensive, you’ll generally get the difference returned over time through reduced power bills. These air conditioners, which are frequently rated 16 SEER and better, need about 8% less power than other new systems, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the greatest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capacity. A variable-speed air conditioner can operate at different speeds. This improves comfort for your house while keeping your air conditioning costs reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can go for longer without requiring a lot more power.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner uses this system’s blower to disperse chilled air around your residence. Furnaces only work for about 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we suggest getting furnace installation at the same time so you can receive all the advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. are ready to support you. Reach us at 803-265-4208 to set your free home comfort analysis today.

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